Residents of Mount Victoria will pull out all the stops for the Great Train Weekend on May 26-27, as the community comes together to celebrate its rich history and incredible resilience in the wake of the 2013 bushfires.
Marking the 150thanniversary of the Great Western Train Line opening, the Mount Victoria Great Train Weekend will bring around 5,000 visitors to the mountain town for a weekend of celebrations including steam train rides, live music and local markets.
Visitors can join a steam train journey from Sydney to Mount Victoria, jump on board heritage shuttle services which extend as far as Lithgow, and catch a glimpse of a vintage car display which runs over two days.
There will be a fully operating Steam Traction Engine, a steam fair organ, a trackless train ride, jumping castle, brass bands, food and more on the agenda.
As Mount Victoria Community Association Convenor Mina Howard explained, the event marks a major milestone for the community, which is continuing to rebuild in the wake of the 2013 bushfires.
“Mount Vic is on the edge of a rebirth in the wake of the fires,” she said. “New owners are breathing new life into our iconic buildings and the Great Train Weekend will help to put it back on the tourist map.”
The event will see the Great Train Weekend return to Mount Victoria after a seven-year hiatus, with the help of a $4,000 grant funded by Scenic World’s CSR program, Scenic World Shared.
Delivered through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s Small Grants for Rural Communities program, the grant was awarded to the Mount Victoria Community Association for the Great Train Weekend’s potential to promote tourism and celebrate local heritage on a broader scale.
Scenic World’s Managing Director Anthea Hammon applauded the community’s efforts to promote the iconic mountain town which continues to attract visitors from Sydney and beyond.
“The devastation of the 2013 bushfires will never be forgotten, but it’s touching to see our tight knit community come together to support vibrant communities like Mount Victoria,” she said.
“We’re proud to have the opportunity to work alongside valuable partners like FRRR to support community groups like the Mount Victoria Community Association whose work helps to strengthen our community in so many ways.”
The Great Train Weekend runs for two days from May 26-27 from 10.00am – 4.00pm.
For more information, visit the Mount Victoria Great Train Weekend website: www.nswrailmuseum.com.au/great-train-weekend
To purchase tickets for the steam train journey from Sydney, visit the NSW Rail Museum website: https://www.nswrailmuseum.com.au
Image by C Wilson.